What is Buffing Process-A Surface Finishing Processes

Buffing is a surface finishing process, which is performed after polishing for providing a high lusture to be polished surface.
Below figure shows the basic diagram of buffing process.
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Buffing Process


As buffing is surface finishing process, it removes very less amount of material.
It does not maintain flatness or roundness. It is used only to obtain very smooth reflective surfaces.
Generally the wheels used in buffing process are made up of cloth (for example, wool, flannel, cotton or muslin) or the fibre which is charged with loose abrasive grains.
The buffing belts are made in the same way as wheels.
A very fine abrasive is used for being charged to these wheels or belts and charging is generally done by using sticks made up of abrasive or/and wax.

Applications of Buffing:

Buffing process is used for following purposes:
To remove scratches, coatings, oxides from the surface of workpiece.

To finish following components:
  • Tools, fixtures and sports items
  • Household utensils and appliances
  • Automobile, bicycle, motor cycle parts.
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